On Tuesday night, Doug Black, Sean Redmond, Theresa Fritz, Linda Seccaspina, Toby Randell, Andrew Tennant and Jeff Atkinson were officially sworn in to serve on the 2018-2022 term of Carleton Place Town Council.
The group was piped into the Town Hall auditorium by Cameron Ellis in a grand procession and led through an Honour Guard of our local Royal Canadian Sea Cadets.
Each elected member proclaimed an oath of allegiance and signed their declaration of office. All seven were given the opportunity to say a few words. The resounding theme of all seemed to be one of positivity, team work, and moving forward for the betterment of the community.
Doug Black, newly elected Mayor, took the opportunity at the beginning of his speech to hand out his first certificate of appreciation in an emotional recognition of his Mother In-Law, Margaret O’Connell’s, 95th birthday. Mayor Black asked that the evening be a celebration, “not that I was elected, but a celebration for the community.”
The Mayor gave a brief summary of some of the things the new Council will be working on during this next term including, the Central Bridge project in conjunction with the redevelopment of the main street, arena dressing rooms, improvements to the Highways 7 and 15 intersection, completion of Carleton Junction and the community’s 200th Anniversary celebration.
The event was live streamed and is available for viewing on the Town’s Facebook page for anyone wishing to see the full procession and speeches portion of the evening.